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VIU's Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses closed due to severe weather

December 20, 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s  Nanaimo, Cowichan and tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campuses are closed today, December 20 due to severe weather. The Parksville centre will also be closed.  Milner Christmas Magic will open tonight as previously scheduled.  Today’s exams are... Read more


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Alum of the month: Margot Fedoruk

December 15, 2022

VIU’s Creative Writing program helped Margot Fedoruk achieve her lifelong dream of publishing a book. Fedoruk, who graduated in 2021, says much of the material in her memoir, Cooking Tips for Desperate Fishwives: An Island Memoir, was workshopped in various VIU classes. The book follows her... Read more


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5 Questions with Samantha Letourneau

December 13, 2022

Helping people access transformational education programs is a passion for Samantha Letourneau, who recently started as Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Canada Learning Bond Project Lead. Through this new role, made possible by funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, she will... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022

The giving spirit, global learning opportunities & holiday events 🎄 As we enter the winter season, the spirit of giving is strong at VIU, as you can see by our top story below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.  Top stories VIU Foundation's Giving Tuesday campaign raises more... Read more


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VIU Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign raises more than $500,000 for students in need

December 7, 2022

Campaign ran from November 15 to 29, 2022, with gifts from donors, VIU employees and alumni, and community. Students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will have fewer financial worries this season following a huge outpouring of support through the VIU Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign. The... Read more


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5(ish) Questions with Burke Gulbranson

December 6, 2022

Snowy conditions have brought an early-season dose of winter to Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. This means VIU’s snow removal crews have already had their share of starts in the middle of the night to clear the snow and ice from our campuses. We asked Burke Gulbranson, Director of... Read more


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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil happening today

December 6, 2022

The Status of Women is hosting a vigil today (December 6) in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Dec. 6 is a day to honour and remember the 14 young women who were murdered in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique. The vigil is being held in the... Read more


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Sunday, December 4: All campuses and locations open for regular Sunday activities

December 4, 2022

Campuses and locations open for regular Sunday activities Sunday, December 4, 2022: All of Vancouver Island University’s campuses are open for regular Sunday activities today, Sunday, December 4, 2022. Slippery areas are present. Individuals should use caution. Re-opening information  Employees: If... Read more


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Sunday, December 4: All campuses and locations open for regular Sunday activities

December 4, 2022

Campuses and locations open for regular Sunday activities Sunday, December 4, 2022: All of Vancouver Island University’s campuses are open for regular Sunday activities today, Sunday, December 4, 2022. Slippery areas are present. Individuals should use caution. Re-opening information  Employees: If... Read more


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Saturday, December 3: Nanaimo campus closed today

December 3, 2022

Severe weather campus closure notice Saturday, December 3, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus is closed today (Saturday, December 3, 2022) due to severe weather. The tiwšɛmawtxʷ campus, Parksville centre and Deep Bay Marine Field Station are closed as regularly scheduled.  Please... Read more


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